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Evans and Askin

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of Birmingham, smelters and refiners of nickel, cobalt, etc

1834 Charles Askin formed a partnership with Brooke Evans at George Street

Askin and Evans, with the assistance of Edward White Benson, developed a wet refining process to separate nickel and cobalt from the most abundant available ores. As well as refining nickel the firm produced a nickel alloy, German silver, which was used in metalware, and supplied cobalt to the pottery and glass industries as a dye.

1842 Henry Wiggin joined the business.

1847 When Charles Askin died, Henry Wiggin became a partner

1848 They moved to new premises beside the Birmingham Canal

1849 Directory: Listed as refiners

c.1850 The firm had upwards of ten nickel mines in Norway

1855 David Forbes was made a partner in the firm

1862 After Evans' death, Wiggin took total control of the business

1870 The business was renamed Henry Wiggin and Co

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